Orrin Hatch

Obama says GOP role in government shutdown ‘encouraged’ America’s enemies’

Obama says GOP role in government shutdown ‘encouraged’ America’s enemies’

In withering day-after criticism, President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the 16-day partial government shutdown was a Republican-provoked spectacle that “encouraged our enemies” around the world. Elsewhere in Washington, and around the country, federal employees simply streamed back to their jobs. National parks reopened. The popular panda cam at the National Zoo came back online. […]

Boehner offers six week extension on debt limit, but…

Boehner offers six week extension on debt limit, but…

Facing a fresh deadline, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans would vote to extend the government’s ability to borrow money for six weeks — but only if President Barack Obama first agrees to fresh negotiations on spending cuts. Under the Republican plan, the partial government shutdown would continue. Obama has insisted the debt […]

Reid heads for rules showdown in Senate

Reid heads for rules showdown in Senate

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is driving his chamber toward rule changes that would help President Barack Obama win confirmation for some of his nominees for posts overseeing workers’ and consumers’ rights. But the changes might strip future senators of their prized ability to delay action. Reid, D-Nev., planned to continue his push to let […]

Obama, GOP continue petty, partisan, political sniping

Obama, GOP continue petty, partisan, political sniping

New day, old bickering between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans. Obama used his Saturday radio and Internet address to finger GOP lawmakers for a stalemate that could increase taxes on Americans next year. A leading Republican senator cast the president and his Democratic Party as obstructionists who want to place the tax burden on […]

Senate passes tax bill; Now it’s up to the House

Senate passes tax bill; Now it’s up to the House

The Senate Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a sweeping tax package that would save millions of Americans thousands of dollars in higher taxes while also reducing their Social Security taxes and extending jobless benefits. President Barack Obama swiftly urged the House to pass the $858 billion bill without changes, a slap at Democratic liberals eager to toughen […]

Is a deal near on taxes? That depends…

Is a deal near on taxes? That depends…

An outline of a bipartisan economic package is emerging that would temporarily extend the Bush-era tax rates for all taxpayers, while extending jobless benefits for millions of Americans. Differences remained over details, including White House demands for middle- and low-income tax credits. But Republicans and Democrats appeared to come together Sunday, raising the possibility of […]

Dissecting GOP spin on taxes

Dissecting GOP spin on taxes

The expiration of Bush-era tax cuts in January has sparked a partisan bickering match this election season, and much of the rhetoric from both Democrats and Republicans is misleading. A look at three prominent arguments, sorting the spin from the facts: ___ THE SPIN: Republicans warn that America faces the largest tax increase ever if […]

The Sestak bribe offer: Obama’s Watergate?

The Sestak bribe offer: Obama’s Watergate?

The Obama administration’s apparent attempt to bribe Rep. Joe Sestak with a plum federal appointment if he dropped out of the race against Sen. Arlen Specter is a simmering scandal that’s threatening to boil over. Republicans, and even some Democrats, want to know more about Sestak’s claim that the White House tried — and failed […]

Bennett begs Republicans: ‘Save my job’

Bennett begs Republicans: ‘Save my job’

Sen. Bob Bennett abandoned Washington this week, spending his days in Utah pleading with Republicans until he was hoarse to let him keep his job — in Washington. The three-term conservative is in serious danger of losing at a GOP state convention Saturday, tripped up by anti-incumbent sentiment and Utah’s quirky nomination system. His only […]

Hillary Clinton on list for Supreme Court nod

Hillary Clinton on list for Supreme Court nod

Hillary Clinton on the Supreme Court? Don’t laugh. Sen Orrin Hatch of Utah says he’s heard the Secretary of State’s name mentioned as a potential nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. “I heard Sen. Hillary Clinton’s name today and that would be an interesting person in the mix,” Hatch said on the “Today” […]